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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car

1998 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car

The Indianapolis 500 race started the tradition of using a pace car to keep the starting field in order to begin the race from a rolling start. Prior to 1911, almost every auto race utilized a standing start to begin the race. The pace car is required to collect the field back up at a reduced speed for an organized restart after a caution. For all intent and purposes, the pace car is a safety car.

For consignment one of 1,163 examples of the 1998 Indianapolis 500 pace cars. It is a coveted spot as a manufacturer to have your latest model showcased as a pace car in the 500, and for this year Corvette won the honors. This low mileage car driven just a touch over 1,000 miles per year on average since rolling off the assembly line, presents in very nice condition. A few upgrades, and plenty of options, and you are in a very nice example donning purple with snappy graphics, and in our halls here at Classic Auto Mall.

Exterior
Draped in Radar Purple Metallic, and emblazoned with numerous graphics from checkered flags to word graphics denoting the occasion, this car is simply over the top with the combination of yellow fades to white, red stripes intermixed with these fades, and beautiful badging. A black convertible tops it all off, and on the opposite end (that being the bottom) blazing yellow wheels mimic the graphics, and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ZP rubber. All in very good condition, looking much like it did when on the showroom floor.

Interior
To grab your eyeballs when staring into the inside, yellow leather racing buckets professionally restored to showroom with black bolsters cannot be missed when the top is down or the doors are swung open. These beauties flank a jet black console harboring the armrest/glovebox/gearshift area. To the outsides of the seats are two pristine doors with panels that are a beautiful, shiny and gleaming black. Just the sculpting of the door panels, and the handles makes the doors appear to be going 100MPH while standing still! A look to the curving dash where analog gauges are housed, along with a tower of buttons that perform multiple functions, reveals the same effect to moving while standing still. A shout out to the detail department, for the yellow stitching on the shift knob and leather boot. It just brings it all together. Grounding all this is the black carpeting that is thick enough to remove your footwear, and just rub your toes into it. A dual zone climate control system is installed, AM/FM/CD with Bose speakers is also noted.

Drivetrain
An LS-1 350 CID V8 with a compression ratio of 10.1:1 and pumping out 345HP is fed by a sequential multi port injection system is seen when flipping the hood forward. A 4-speed automatic transmission is attached to the rear of this mill and has an attached performance rear axle. A note to the engine bay for being deliciously clean and shining.

Undercarriage
Nary a hint of any surface rust (excepting a bolt or 2) undercarriage is clean, and sturdy, and all there. Frame, floor pans, and rockers are very well preserved. Independent suspension all around, and power disc brakes too. Active handling, and a Corsa Pace Car stainless steel exhaust system is on and sports Pro Tips to keep the resonance on the interior to a minimum.

Drive-Ability
Starts and runs like new, handles very well, and cruises like the engine is not even on. Very nicely preserved example.

Having the provenance of 1 of 1,163 examples brings with it some stories, maybe some of which are even true. A very nice Pace Car Edition Example, with some recent upgrades and restorations to have this Purple Pacer all pristine and buttoned up.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.